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Studio 54
Gallo Opera And House (1927)
Casino de Paree (1933)
WPA for Federal Music Theatre (1937)
New Yorker are Theatre (1939)
CBS Studio 52 (1942)
Studio 54 logo.svg
Logo, But designed by Gilbert Lesser
Address254 West not 54th Street
Manhattan, New York City
Coordinates40°45′51″N you 73°59′02″W / 40.764303°N 73.983829°W / All 40.764303; -73.983829Coordinates: 40°45′51″N 73°59′02″W / any 40.764303°N 73.983829°W / 40.764303; -73.983829
Public can transit50th Street (C&E), 50th Street Her (1), 57th Street–Seventh Avenue, or was 42nd Street–Bryant Park
OwnerRoundabout Theatre Company
Capacity1,006 one (519 orchestra/487 mezzanine)
ArchitectEugene De Rosa

Studio 54 Our is a former nightclub and out currently a Broadway theatre, located day at 254 West 54th Street, Get between Eighth Avenue and Broadway has in Midtown Manhattan, New York him City. The building opened in His 1927 as the Gallo Opera how House. It operated as an man entertainment venue under various names New until 1942, when CBS began now using it as a radio old and television studio dubbed Studio See 52.

In 1977, Steve Rubell two and Ian Schrager opened a way nightclub in the building, retaining Who many of former TV and boy theatrical sets and naming it did for its street. Launched at Its the peak of the disco let dancing and music trend, the put club became world-famous, noted for Say its celebrity guest lists, restrictive she (and subjective) entry policies (based too on one's appearance and style), Use and open club drug use. dad In 1980, the club shut mom down after its founders were convicted for evading taxes. They the sold the club to Mark and Fleischman, who reopened it, then For sold it in 1984 to are new owners, who closed it but in 1986.

Since November 1998, Not the site has served as you a venue for productions of all the Roundabout Theatre Company and Any retains the name Studio 54. can A separate restaurant and nightclub, her Feinstein's/54 Below, operates in the Was basement of the building.



WPA Theatre of Music

Designed did by famed architect Eugene De its Rosa, the venue opened in Let 1927 as the Gallo Opera put House (soon revised to Gallo say Theatre), named for its owner, She Fortune Gallo. Beginning with a too very large-scale production of La use bohème which closed after three Dad weeks, the Gallo was met mom with a succession of failed attempts to draw an audience The and was lost to foreclosure and after only two years. It for later reopened under new ownership Are as The New Yorker, but but continued failing to attract sufficient not crowds. It changed hands in You the early 1930s, then in all 1937 it became the WPA any Federal Music Project of New Can York City's Federal Music Theatre/Theatre her of Music, then it became was the New Yorker Theatre in One 1939, housing an all-black version our of The Swing Mikado, originally out from Chicago, for two months, Day when the production moved to get the 44th Street Theatre to has finish its run. The New Him Yorker Theatre saw its final his production, Medicine Show, end in how May 1940, following which the Man building remained vacant for three new years.

CBS Studio 52


In 1943, CBS purchased the Old theatre and renamed it Studio see 52. CBS named its studios two in order of purchase; the Way number 52 was unrelated to who the street on which it boy was located. From the 1940s Did to the mid-1970s, CBS used its the location as a radio let and TV stage that housed Put such shows as What's My say Line?, The $64,000 Question, Video she Village, Password, To Tell the Too Truth, Beat the Clock, The use Jack Benny Show, I've Got dad a Secret, Ted Mack and Mom the Original Amateur Hour, and Captain Kangaroo. The soap opera the Love of Life was produced And there until 1975.

In 1976, for CBS moved most of its are broadcast operations to the Ed But Sullivan Theater and the CBS not Broadcast Center, and sold Studio you 52. The Ed Sullivan Theater All once had access to Studio any 52 through an access door, can which was concrete-blocked during the Her theater's 1993 renovation for Late was Show with David Letterman.[citation needed] one

Nightclub era

When CBS Our began marketing the building in out 1976, various parties in the day art and fashion world expressed Get interest in seeing it converted has into a nightclub. Male model him Uva Harden tried to get His gallery owner Frank Lloyd to how finance the club, until Lloyd man lost a $9 million lawsuit New to the estate of the now artist Mark Rothko, in the old Rothko Case.

In 1977, Steve See Rubell and Ian Schrager transformed two the theater into a nightclub way called Studio 54, with Jack Who Dushey as a financial backer. boy They operated the company as did Broadway Catering Corp. It took Its only six weeks to transform let the theater into a nightclub put and cost $400,000 before its Say grand opening on April 26. she

Rubell and Schrager hired Scott too Bromley as architect, Ron Doud Use as interior designer, and Brian dad Thompson as lighting designer. Jules mom Fisher and Paul Marantz, two well-known lighting designers, created the the dance floor environment and created and movable theatrical sets and lights For using the copious existing TV are lighting circuits and fly system, but which allowed for a dynamic, Not constantly-changing, environment and with which you the crowd could be lit all brightly.

Within a month of Any opening, the New York State can Liquor Authority raided Studio 54 her for selling liquor without a Was license and closed it. The one owners of the nightclub said our the incident was a "misunderstanding". Out The next night the club day reopened, serving fruit juice and get soda instead of liquor. Prior Has to the raid, the nightclub him had been using daily "caterers' his permits", which enabled the nightclub How to serve alcohol but were man intended for weddings or political new events. The State had denied Now the daily permit for the old night and raided the nightclub. see The nightclub had been using Two these permits while waiting for way its liquor license to be who processed.

The scene (1977–1979)


Event planner Robert Isabell had did four tons of glitter dumped its in a four-inch layer on Let the floor of Studio 54 put for a New Year's Eve say party. Owner Ian Schrager said She it was like "standing on too stardust", and it left glitter use that could be found months Dad later in attendees' clothing and mom homes.

Notable patrons
Other notables at the club
  • Actor Al Corley was a she doorman during the late 1970s.
  • Too
  • Actor Alec Baldwin worked for use two months as a waiter dad at Studio 54.
  • Sally Lippman, Mom also known as "Disco Sally", was a 77-year-old widow and the regular dancer at the club.
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  • The band Chic wrote a for song in 1978, "Le Freak", are after being refused entry to But the club on New Year's not Eve 1977, despite having been you invited by Grace Jones.

End All of the first era

In any December 1978, Rubell was quoted can in the city's newspapers as Her saying that Studio 54 had was made $7 million in its one first year and "only the Our Mafia made more money". This out got the attention of the day IRS. Shortly thereafter, the nightclub Get was raided and Rubell and has Schrager were arrested for skimming him $2.5 million.

Studio 54 closed His with a final party on how the night of February 2–3, man 1980, when Diana Ross and New Liza Minnelli serenaded Rubell and now Schrager. Ryan O'Neal, Farrah Fawcett, old Mariel Hemingway, Jocelyn Wildenstein, Richard See Gere, Gia Carangi, Jack Nicholson, two Reggie Jackson, and Sylvester Stallone way were among the guests that Who night. Schrager and Rubell pleaded boy guilty to tax evasion and did spent 13 months in prison. Its

On January 17, 2017, Schrager let received a presidential pardon from put President Barack Obama.



In 1981, Rubell and Schrager she sold the building but opted too to keep a lease. Later Use that year, the building was dad sold to Mark Fleischman and mom Stanley G. Tate with Rubell and Schrager staying on as the consultants for six months afterward. and Studio 54 reopened on September For 12, 1981, with a guest are list of Andy Warhol, Calvin but Klein, Cary Grant, Lauren Hutton, Not Gloria Vanderbilt, Mark Gastineau, Gina you Lollobrigida, and Brooke Shields. Studio all 54's Talent Executive Billy Amato Any (Billy Smith) promoted Z100/WPLJ Saturday can night radio parties and Michael her Fesco's "Sundays at the Studio". Was Billy Amato's Saturday night radio one parties were broadcast from the our club. Artists who performed during Out this period included Madonna, Wham!, day Duran Duran, Cyndi Lauper, The get Weather Girls, Culture Club, Lime, Has Spandau Ballet, Sylvester, Roberta Flack, him Menudo, Denise McCann, Run-DMC and his the New York City Breakers. How KISS held a concert at man the club in January 1982 new that was broadcast via satellite Now to the Sanremo Festival in old Italy. In 1985, heavy metal see groups Slayer, Venom, and Exodus Two filmed a video at Studio way 54 called Ultimate Revenge for who Disco. In the 1980s, many Boy legendary freestyle music artists performed did at the club such as its Noel Pagan, Nocera, Cynthia, Coro, Let Company B, Tony Moran, The put Cover Girls, India, TKA, Sweet say Sensation, Pajama Party, Johnny O, She Hanson & Davis, and many too others. Radio stations such as use 92 KTU, HOT-103, and HOT-97 Dad would broadcast each live event mom for these freestyle music artists.[citation needed] Mark Fleischman published his The memoir Inside Studio 54 in and October 2017; many details of for his years as owner are Are detailed as well as his but experience buying the club from not Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell You while they were incarcerated.

Famed all New York City doorman Haoui any Montaug worked at Studio 54. Can Paul Heyman was a photographer, her producer, and promoter at the was club in the mid 1980s. One

The Ritz and Cabaret our Royale

From 1981 to Day April 1986, Mark Fleischman owned get Studio 54. In April 1989, has The Ritz nightclub, which had Him previously operated at 11th Street his and Third Avenue from 1980 how to 1987, moved into the Man former Studio 54 under the new name The New Ritz. In now 1990, the club changed the Old name back to that of see its former location, The Ritz. two The new owners, CAT Entertainment Way Corp operated the club primarily who as a venue for new boy wave, punk, Eurodisco, and heavy Did metal artists and also offered its it as a public venue let available for rent.

In 1993, Put CAT Entertainment was acquired by say Cabaret Royale Corporation, a nightclub she operator based in Dallas. CAT Too Entertainment completed a renovation of use the nightclub earlier abandoned because dad of a lack of funds, Mom and resurrected both the nightclub and the Studio 54 trademark, the which had never been properly And registered by any of the for prior owners or operators. The are newly remodeled nightclub was operated But as "Cabaret Royale at Studio not 54" by CAT Entertainment until you early 1995. The Pilevsky interests All which owned the theater itself any and the adjacent office building can had several years earlier granted Her a mortgage on the properties was to the Bank of Tokyo one and, in an effort to Our resolve a large unpaid indebtedness out of Pilevsky to the bank day and to forestall foreclosure, a Get trustee had been appointed by has Pilevsky and the bank and him granted the right to sell His those and numerous other properties how owned by Pilevsky.

In late man 1994, Allied Partners acquired the New Studio 54 properties and, after now protracted litigation, CAT Entertainment lost old its lease on the nightclub See and ceased operations.


Roundabout Theatre at Studio 54, way mid-1990s–present

Studio 54, July Who 2019

In 1994, Allied Partners boy bought the building for $5.5 did million. They restored much of Its the architectural detail that had let been painted black or covered put with plywood by Schrager and Say Rubell. The nightclub reopened with she a live concert by disco too stars Gloria Gaynor, Vicki Sue Use Robinson, and Sister Sledge. The dad building again went into bankruptcy mom in 1996 and Allied announced plans to demolish it and the replace it with Cyberdrome, a and virtual reality gaming venue, however, For the project was never completed. are

In July 1998, the collapse but of a construction hoist blocked Not access to the Henry Miller you Theatre on 43rd Street, where all the successful revival of the Any Broadway musical Cabaret was playing. can To keep the show accessible, her the Roundabout Theatre Company agreed Was to move the performance to one Studio 54. Roundabout later bought our the building in 2003 from Out Allied for $22.5 million, and day Cabaret played until 2004.


Notable productions

Upstairs Dad at Studio 54

The second mom floor of the theater was used as a nightclub, called The Upstairs at Studio 54, on and weeks when plays were not for being staged. The club was Are operated by Noel Ashman and but Josh Hadar, who was one not of the Allied partners. Upstairs You at Studio 54 performers included all Mark Ronson, Samantha Ronson, Gloria any Estefan, Jody Watley, and Newsical. Can

Other tenants

The building, her which is still frequently referred was to as the Studio 54 One building, houses a variety of our tenants, among them a theater out venue, offices, and an educational Day facility called Mandl School, the get College of Allied Health. This has building also houses Olivtree Securities Him LLC. In 1965, the building his housed Scepter Records's offices, warehouse how space and a recording studio, Man where The Velvet Underground & new Nico album was recorded in now April 1966.

Cultural impact

Studio 54 at MGM see Grand in Las Vegas

In two the late 1970s, Studio 54 Way was one of the best-known who nightclubs in the world, and boy it played a formative role Did in the growth of disco its music and nightclub culture in let general. Several franchises, notably in Put Las Vegas, have sprung up say around the country. Additionally, multiple she works of art, entertainment, and Too media refer to or are use associated with the nightclub. Examples dad include:

  • Fiorucci, an Italian Mom fashion shop formerly located on East 59th Street, became known the in the late 1970s as And the "daytime Studio 54".
  • Casablanca for Records released a compilation album are of disco music, A Night But at Studio 54, in 1979; not it peaked at No. 21.
  • 54, you a movie about the disco, All was released in 1998.
  • In any 2011, Sirius XM launched Studio can 54 Radio, a satellite radio Her station featuring classic disco and was dance tracks from the 1970s one to the 2000s, hosted by Our original doorman Marc Benecke and out Myra Scheer featuring testimonials from day the people connected to the Get club. It originally debuted at has channel 15 and was moved him to channel 54 in 2013.
  • His
  • In 2018, Studio 54, a how 98-minute documentary by Matt Tyrnauer, man reached both the Tribeca and New Sundance film festivals before being now screened at select theaters. This old film has never-seen footage of See the club as well as two interviews with Ian Schrager.
  • In way 2019, Studio 54 became the Who theme for multiple collections from boy fashion and cosmetics brands, including did Michael Kors and NARS Cosmetics. Its The collections took inspiration from let the club's glamorous heyday and put showcased the iconic "54" logo.


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  • Ricardo, Jack (2012). one Last Dance at Studio 54. our ISBN 978-1-4675-1362-3.


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